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RUSK COUNTY -- The Court has sentenced Joseph Falk, one of two men charged in the 2020 double-homicide of Robert and Bonnie Rosolowski in Rusk County.
On June 7, 2020, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a home in Sheldon after family members discovered Robert and Bonnie deceased.
The deaths were ruled a double homicide, and Joseph Falk and Adam Rosolowski were arrested and subsequently charged.
The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in their investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory, and the Wisconsin State Patrol.
A criminal complaint was filed against Falk on June 25, 2020, charging him with two counts of Class A Felony 1st-Degree Intentional Homicide; Class C Felony Operate w/o Consent-Possess Weapon; Class E Felony Burglary-Armed w/ Dangerous Weapon; Class H Felony Theft-Movable Property >$5000-$10,000; Class H Felony Theft-Movable Property-Special Facts; and Class I Felony Criminal Damage to Property (Over $2500). All of Falk’s charges had the Party to a Crime penalty enhancer attached.
Online circuit court records show that Falk appeared on July 26, 2022, for a sentencing hearing on convictions for the two counts of Class A Felony 1st-Degree Intentional Homicide. The remaining charges against Falk were dismissed but read in at a hearing in April 2022. The Hon. Steven Anderson heard from Rusk County District Attorney Barna, defense attorneys for Falk, and a member of the Rosolowski family.
Judge Anderson ordered Falk to serve two concurrent sentences of life in state prison without the possibility of parole. Falk is also ordered to pay over $40,000 in restitution.
A criminal complaint was also filed against Adam Rosolowski on June 25, 2020, charging him with two counts of Class A Felony 1st-Degree Intentional Homicide; Class C Felony Operate w/o Consent-Possess Weapon; Class E Felony Burglary-Armed w/ Dangerous Weapon; Class H Felony Theft-Movable Property >$5000-$10,000; Class H Felony Theft-Movable Property-Special Facts; Class I Felony Criminal Damage to Property (Over $2500); and Misdemeanor Bail Jumping. Penalty enhancers for Party to a Crime and Repeat Offender are attached to Rosolowski’s charges.
Online circuit court records show that Rosolowski appeared most recently on July 26, 2022, regarding his charges. The Hon. Steven Anderson heard from defense counsel for Rosolowski who requested that Judge Anderson disqualify himself from this case. The State objected to the request. Judge Anderson granted the request and recused himself from the case and an application for a Judge Assignment was filed on the same date. A new hearing date will be set with the new judge that is assigned.
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